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I am Joanne Mosconi, the proud daughter of Chef Pietro Mosconi, a legendary figure in Greenwich Village. Since I was a child, I've been by my father's side, watching and assisting him as he creates culinary masterpieces in the kitchen. My father has an incredible ability to captivate anyone he meets with his talent and warmth. He is not just a chef or restaurateur; he embodies the heart and soul of Greenwich Village.
Born in a small town in Piacenza, Italy, my father immigrated to the United States in 1966, seeking a better life. After honing his culinary skills in some of New York City's finest restaurants, including Gianbelli, Gino's of Lexington Avenue, Romeo Salta, and Scoop, Chef Pietro followed his passion and opened two Northern Italian restaurants on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village. To this day, he remains the Executive Chef at both Villa Mosconi and Monte's Trattoria.
My father is an unstoppable force, tirelessly managing two restaurants. In addition to his restaurant work, he serves as a dedicated officer of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of America and is a member of several other culinary organizations, such as The Chaine de Rotisseurs and Les Amis D'Escoffier Society of New York. In 2007, my brother Peter and I were filled with pride as our father, Chef Pietro Mosconi, was honored at the James Beard House and hosted an unforgettable Italian luncheon.
Committed to using fresh ingredients, my father remains a purist in his approach to cooking and is always seeking new ways to expand his culinary passion. In 2016, he celebrated 40 successful years as a restaurant owner in NYC. As an Italian immigrant who arrived in America with only a few coins in his pocket, he has built an empire on MacDougal Street, leaving a lasting mark on Greenwich Village history. Beloved by the people of New York, his book will not only pay tribute to our family but also to all those who have been touched by his story.
Writing my father's book has allowed me to forge a deeper connection with him, something I've always longed for. It will continue to be a source of inspiration throughout my life. I am eager to share his story with anyone who wishes to be moved by the journey of a young Italian boy who became a chef and transformed Greenwich Village into a welcoming home for all. I hope you will find joy in reading about my hero, my father, the master chef. It is my hope that this story will inspire every young person who still believes in the American Dream, for that is who my father truly is.
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